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February 5, 2009
The European Defence Agency (EDA) awarded AgustaWestland a contract to conduct a six-month Helicopter Tactics Program (HTP) implementation study. As part of the U.K.-France helicopter initiative, the EDA took the lead in coordinating training...
January 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE The FAA has granted the emergency medical service pilots of ShandsCair approval to conduct low-visibility landings at five helipads in north and north central Florida using global positioning system approaches. "We started working on this with Satellite Tech International three years ago," said lead pilot Mark Womack, one of the four pilots...
January 1, 2009
Aircrew Coordination Aircrew coordination, cockpit resource management, cockpit coordination, cockpit communication management...these terms refer to the same basic principles of ensuring the sum of the members of an aircraft crew is greater than the individuals themselves. Computer-based training programs are great tools to enhance aircrew coordination training. We don’t know how many accidents...
January 1, 2009
FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, greatly expands its rotorcraft training capacity with its newest Learning Center at Lafayette, Louisiana. The new center devotes its efforts exclusively to helicopter safety, providing a broad range of mission-specific training for offshore operations, EMS, law enforcement, newsgathering and more. "This state-of-the-art facility...
December 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a public hearing to take comments and testimony on the safety of airborne emergency medical service (EMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on Feb. 3, 2009 at NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C. "We have seen an alarming rise in the numbers of EMS accidents and the [NTSB] believes some of these accidents could...
December 1, 2008
TRAINING | PUBLIC SERVICE The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), sponsored by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), convened in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 20-22. Approximately 2,400 air medical professionals were on hand at the Minneapolis Convention Center to participate in classroom training, workshops and networking activities, while more than 150 venders from around the world...
December 1, 2008
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December 1, 2008
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November 21, 2008
Utah Helicopter and the city of Pocatello, Idaho signed a lease for a new facility at the Pocatello Regional...
November 1, 2008
TRAINING Eurocopter has stated plans to set up a pilot training facility in India, based on a shortage of qualified helicopter pilots, according to the Press Trust of...
November 1, 2008
Medical Transport: Safety Versus Mission It’s a foggy, rainy night and you’re the pilot of a life flight helicopter, relaxing, when the phone rings. It’s an auto accident 25 mi away. You check the weather, check the route of flight, check with your team and after all preflight mission planning is completed, you launch toward the accident site. The aircraft arrives at the destination, your...
October 1, 2008
TRAINING The German national auto club ADAC broke ground in August on a training academy for helicopter emergency medical service crews. Located in St. Augustin, the training center’s objective is to "set new standards in education and training in helicopter...
October 1, 2008
The school that teaches U.S. Army aviators to operate safely on high-altitude missions, like those on the battlefields of Afghanistan, shares key principals of that training. Mid-October in the Rocky Mountains is no place for an outing by yourself, especially if you are unprepared. Typically during this time, pilots at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) would spend their...
September 1, 2008
Thrust Instability In Forward Flight My last column discussed the phenomena involving the vortex ring state in vertical descent in what is commonly known as "power settling" ("Settling With Power, Redefined" June 2008, page 48). In it, I suggested eliminating that term and instead referring to the phenomena as "thrust instability." Pilots are taught that they can escape the...
September 1, 2008
Pilot Responsibility — Where Has it Gone? Where is the FAA? That’s the question we all ask following an aircraft mishap. But the question that really should be asked is, where is pilot responsibility in general aviation these days? We all rely on the FAA to answer all of our safety and policy questions and to solve the problems that plague the general aviation industry. What do we want FAA...
August 1, 2008
TRAINING Eurocopter is expanding training services for North Sea oil and gas operators, with plans to open a training center in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2010. The facility is to feature an EC225 flight training device (FTD), the first based in the United...
July 30, 2008
Gulf Helicopters is purchasing an AW139 simulator from the U.K. vendor cueSim, according to The Gulf Times. The Doha, Qatar newspaper quoted Gulf Helicopters as saying...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING Rotor & Wing’s 2008 Search and Rescue Summit, slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., will capture lessons of multi-agency SAR operations.. The one-day event will include a morning session on the lessons of such operations...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING The industry group Woman in Aviation International is preparing to give away thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving applicants, who can start putting in their bids for the funding this month. The group opened its applications process for the scholarships July 1. "We wanted to give our members more time in the application process," said WAI President Peggy...
July 1, 2008
Severe Weather: Always Respect It Summer is upon those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and that means severe weather is imminent. It is critical that crewmembers are familiar with the inherent dangers it poses. Often called nature’s heat engine, thunderstorms are born of cumulus clouds that grow into towering cumulus and ultimately reach adulthood as cumulonimbus. While they can arise any time...
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